26th December 1995: Wigan 58 St Helens 4
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Wigan 58 St Helens 4 - Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December 1995
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Centenary Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Jason Robinson, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Kris Radlinski, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Cowie, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Terry O'Connor, 11. Scott Quinnell, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Simon Haughton
WiganlInterchanges:l

Rob Smyth (replaced Henry Paul - Half Time), Andy Johnson (replaced Terry O'Connor - Half Time),
Martin Dermott (replaced Simon Haughton - 60th Minute), Andy Craig (replaced Gary Connolly - 73rd Minute)


WiganlTries:l

Scott Quinnell 4, Simon Haughton 2, Mick Cassidy 2, Jason Robinson, Rob Smyth

WiganlGoals:l Martin Hall 5, Henry Paul 4

StlHelenslBacks:l

1. Danny Arnold, 2. Mike Riley, 3. Andy Haigh, 4. Kevin O'Loughlin, 5. Steve Prescott, 6. Phil Waring, 7. Phil Veivers

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Andy Leathem, 9. Gareth Cunningham, 10. Nick Devine, 11. Paul Anderson, 12. Chris Morley, 13. Simon Booth
StlHelenslInterchanges:l

Paul Mathison (replaced Paul Anderson - 30th Minute), Richard Shiel (replaced Chris Morley - Half Time)
Paul Anderson (returned to replaced Paul Mathison - 60th Minute)


StlHelenslTries:l

Simon Booth
StlHelenslGoals:l (None)
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Summary:l

With the switch to summer rugby imminent, this would be the last competitive Boxing Day Wigan v Saints derby. Wigan's shock loss to Oldham had opened up a big opportunity for Saints to win the title but they blew their chance really by losing away at Castleford on December 20th. So instead of a big top of the table clash, Saints were forgetting about the league and claiming injuries ahead of Regal Trophy Semi Final against Warrington just four days later. So the last Christmas derby was basically ruined by Saints playing a full reserve team. Despite the weak side, Saints did well for 20 minutes but were ultimately demolished by a far superior Wigan side. Scott Quinnell scored four tries and for some reason Neil Cowie laid into Andy Haigh to get sent off with ten minutes to go.

Half Time:l

Wigan 20 St Helens 0

Attendance:l

19,526

Referee:l

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television:l

Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports between 5:00pm & 6:30pm

Note:l

Wigan 8. Neil Cowie was sent off in the 70th Minute for Punching Andy Haigh

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 16 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 28
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 17 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 24
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 16 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 20
4th Place:l Halifax - Played - 15 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 18
5th Place:l Sheffield - Played - 16 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 16